April 5, 2017 Subject:
This was a landmark show for me for many reasons. Touted as the highest Dead show ever, it was nice to be backstage. 139 years prior, my forebears spent the winter nearby in what is known as the Donner Party. Patrick Breen Jr is my second great grandfather; his father kept the now famous diary.
We drove up from SF to Truckee, staying at Nurse Barbie's which was quite the social gathering in and of itself.
I came back to this location (roughly) 11 years later in 1996 to deliver the key note speech to the crowd gathered for the Donner Party's sesquicentennial, reading the lyrics to Big Head Todd's Monument in Green.
As for the show, I have fond memories. There were technical difficulties and it was bloody hot. But I'm glad I was there among so many friends.
December 10, 2016 Subject:
Highest elevation show
I drove up the mountain and camped on the back side, bedded down at dark - probably 10. Woke to all the travelers everywhere who had drove through the night to get there from the desert. The local store was foraged over and empty. It was a rushed show at a high altitude in the brutal heat. Friend of the Devil was magic and I stayed the night in Reno. The attitude of the crowd was great, fun show.
30 years ago today. Not every Dead show was a bowl of cherries. I dig this shows Minglewood, FOTD, West L.A. and Stranger. Any show with Jerry and Brent is good enough for me.
September 13, 2014 Subject:
At the Boreal Ridge show
Yeah it was a weird couple of days... Most of the local shops restaurants ran out of food/supplies by the day of the show. A buddy of mine were low on funds and eating at a local place, the coolest waitperson gave us a huge plate of fries to share. Never forget that...
Yeah Bobby was kicking the heck out of his amp... What was more impressive though, he was wearing a super thin set of sneakers, dang tuff feat from all that running I guess!!
It was a hot weird day, so-so show but nothing but good memories for me!!
April 26, 2014 Subject:
Sometimes, it pays not to go!
I had a ticket for this show. Decided on not going, cuz I had transportation issues. After reading accounts of this show, glad I didn't. Therefore, as a result of my accidnental intuition, I hereby give myself 5 stars!
December 15, 2012 Subject:
Wow...that Day Tripper performance is something else. I don't think I've ever heard them sound more out of steam and out of sync with each other than that performance. What's going on with the drums?! Sounds like they couldn't get out of that rolling loops :(
August 24, 2012 Subject:
You had to be there!
This show was terrible. The sound from the tapes don't tell the true story. It was blazing hot. About 98℉. Dusty and the sound system never got 'dialed in'. Bobby kicked his amp so hard it flew across the stage! Show started in the middle of the afternoon and was finished before darkness set in. Just a weird day all around.
September 5, 2010 Subject:
the he's gone >>truckin' says it all...they were off this night, even if there were a few bright moments, they can't save this stinker...
i'm off to some '68 land now...
June 8, 2010 Subject:
I Third That
I wasnt there, I saw Alpine through Ventura, but I always thought this show got a bad rap. Is it the Fix or Greek or second night Richmond or 4.7? No. Worst show ever? No. I thought 4.6 first night Philly was worse. I know a couple of people who went and anything negative I heard from them was more about the venue, not the show itself, i.e. the dust, the traffic, one road, etc. Which were perhaps valid since everyone said the same thing and the band never went back.
A must-stream from a great, well-played and consistent ytear. Thanks to Charlkie for his fantastic ear and efforts, all us mid-'80's Heads appreciate it very much.
May 5, 2010 Subject:
YES! Thank You Charlie!
Charlie beat me to the punch...I have heard those same words about this show. I have been pumping this particular Stranger->China-> Rider through my speakers since I was like 16 or 17 years old-so soooo wish I was on a ski lift in the middle of the summer up to Grateful Dead peak in the summer of '85. My experience has always been a low gen. audience-as ALWAYS I am very very psyched to have a Miller delivery of another solid board!
February 28, 2010 Subject:
I don't know why anyone would call this the worst show ever. It's a good show.